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Children’s and young people’s experiences of loneliness

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Children’s and young people’s experiences of loneliness

For the first time, ONS has produced analysis of children and young people’s views and experiences of loneliness and ideas on how loneliness might be overcome. 
Children aged 10-15 and young people aged 16-24 are quoted extensively in the article (anonymised), giving their perspectives on experiencing loneliness.

Dawn Snape of the Office for National Statistics said:

“This is our first ever report on children’s loneliness, part of work we are doing to provide insight into this important social issue that can impact on people’s health and well-being. 
“We’ve looked at how often children and young people feel lonely and why. 
An important factor is going through transitional life stages such as the move from primary to secondary school and, later, leaving school or higher education and adapting to early adult life.” 
“This work supports the Government’s loneliness strategy, announced by the Prime Minister in October.”

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